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Turkey says would retaliate against U.S. sanctions over Russian S-400s

Turkey will “take reciprocal steps” if the United States imposes sanctions over its purchase of Russian S-400 defenses, the Turkish foreign minister said on Friday, marking the latest step toward a standoff between the NATO allies. “If the United States takes any negative actions towards…
By 1776 Coalition | Friday, June 14, 2019

Tory leadership contest: 10 rivals face first ballot of MPs

Tory MPs are voting in the first round of the contest to select a new party leader and the next prime minister. A secret ballot is being held in the House of Commons, with a result expected some time after 13:00 BST. Outgoing leader Theresa…
By 1776 Coalition | Thursday, June 13, 2019

Violence breaks out in Hong Kong as protesters challenge bill allowing criminal suspects to be tried in mainland China

Hong Kong authorities fired rubber bullets, tear gas, and high-pressure water hoses on demonstrators who had gathered outside the city’s headquarters on Wednesday to protest a controversial extradition bill that is widely seen as Beijing’s encroachment over the semiautonomous territory. The escalation of force came…
By 1776 Coalition | Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Iran has increased production of enriched uranium – IAEA

The head of the global nuclear watchdog has confirmed Iran is increasing its production of enriched uranium. But International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano said it was not clear when they will reach a limit set under a 2015 international deal. Iran announced…
By 1776 Coalition | Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Hong Kong pushes bill allowing extraditions to China despite biggest protest since handover

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam vowed on Monday to push ahead with amendments to laws allowing suspects to be extradited to mainland China a day after the city’s biggest protest since its handover from British to Chinese rule in 1997. Riot police ringed Hong Kong’s…
By 1776 Coalition | Monday, June 10, 2019

Hong Kong’s Top Court Issues Landmark Ruling for LGBT Rights

The top appeals court in Hong Kong issued a landmark ruling granting spousal benefits to a married gay couple, the latest rebuke to Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s government over the issue of equal rights for LGBT people. In a unanimous ruling, the five justices ruled…
By 1776 Coalition | Friday, June 7, 2019

Thai parliament elects ex military government chief Prayuth as PM

Retired general Prayuth Chan-ocha, the man who led a military coup in Thailand five years ago, has been elected as the country’s civilian prime minister. The ex-junta leader had been serving as prime minister since the coup. He was chosen by parliament on Wednesday, but…
By 1776 Coalition | Thursday, June 6, 2019

Australian Police Raid Public Broadcaster Over Leaked Defense Documents

The Australian Federal Police on Wednesday raided the headquarters of the country’s public broadcaster, the ABC, in connection with a story the network broadcast in 2017 detailing misconduct by Australian special forces in Afghanistan. The plainclothes officers arrived at the network’s offices at about 11:30…
By 1776 Coalition | Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Tiananmen: China rebukes Pompeo on 30th anniversary of protests

China has rebuked US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for remarks he made on the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protest. Mr Pompeo criticised China’s human rights record and called for it to reveal how many died in the crackdown. A Chinese embassy spokesman…
By 1776 Coalition | Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Beijing vows to defend ‘islands and rocks’ in the South China Sea

A high-level colonel in the Chinese military admits there’s a possibility of a “miscalculation” in the South China Sea, but defended China’s “need” to protect what Beijing deems as its territory. Zhou Bo, a senior colonel of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) said that “China…
By 1776 Coalition | Monday, June 3, 2019

North Korea executes nuclear envoy to U.S. after failed Trump summit: report

North Korea executed its special nuclear envoy to the United States as part of a purge of senior officials over the failed summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper claimed Friday. Kim Hyok Chol was executed by…
By 1776 Coalition | Friday, May 31, 2019

North Korea executes nuclear envoy to U.S. after failed Trump summit: report

North Korea executed its special nuclear envoy to the United States as part of a purge of senior officials over the failed summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper claimed Friday. Kim Hyok Chol was executed by…
By 1776 Coalition | Friday, May 31, 2019

ISRAEL GOES BACK TO ELECTIONS AS NETANYAHU FAILS TO FORM COALITION

Exactly one month after the 21st Knesset was sworn in, a majority of the Knesset voted late Wednesday night to disperse and initiate an unprecedented repeat election on September 17. It was the first time in Israeli history that a candidate for prime minister failed…
By 1776 Coalition | Thursday, May 30, 2019

Malaysia to send back plastic waste to foreign nations

Malaysia will send back some 3,000 metric tons (3,300 tons) of non-recyclable plastic waste to countries such as the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia in a move to avoid becoming a dumping ground for rich nations, Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin said Tuesday. Yeo said…
By 1776 Coalition | Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Russia says it is ready to play role in Venezuela crisis talks in Oslo

Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday that Moscow was ready to play a role in talks between the Venezuelan government and opposition in Oslo if the participants felt it was useful. Norway said on Saturday that representatives of Venezuela’s government and opposition would…
By 1776 Coalition | Tuesday, May 28, 2019

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